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Trader Vic's
Trader Vic's

Trader Vic's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tradervicspdx.com
  • Phone: (503) 467-2277
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday 4 pm-10 pm
    Friday & Saturday 4 pm-12 am

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Travis Stroud
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NW 12th
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently located one block from both the north and south bound Trolley cars, and bus 17 stops at the corner.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: If street parking is a challenge there are several public lots with in a block radius.
A word from Trader Vic's
Escape to Portland’s premiere destination for Polynesian cuisine, tropical cocktails, traditional Pupus and famous Chinese oven dishes. Our unforgettable ambiance features traditional Tikis, and palm-thatched ceilings. Trader Vic's Portland is located in the Pearl district. Join us for a little island spirit.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Our group had a terrific time at Trader Vic's. The appetizers and Mai Tais are awesome, and services was spot-on."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Food was OK - nothing really stood out - we had crab Rangoon, edamame, ginger-crusted salmon, reef and beef and the peach pork chop, followed by the triple chocolate mousse. Service was slow - our waiter disappeared for long periods of time. Drinks were great as usual."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Decor is fabulous Tiki! Really! Service was friendly but intermittent. Drinks were well-iced. The potstickers had a faint fishy aroma that wasn't strong enough to seem intentional. My salmon with wasabi mashed potatoes was very good, but while one side of the wife's porkchop was succulent, the other was overcooked and dry. Toothpicks were abundant. Windows were opened, so lots of traffic noise. The bar band - one guy with a very appropriate repertoire, good voice, and genuine hand-made music - was too loud for us in the dining room. Sigh. Went home slightly disappointed given our memories of the Vic's as it used to be at the Benson."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We quickly got the feeling that this place was best for happy hour and bar food. I ordered a mai thai and I was told it was good (never had one before) I also got scallops. The scallops themselves were pretty bland and chewy. My rice was super chewy too. My boyfriend ordered the pork chop and was just unimpressed. We also got the creme brullee and the top had so much sugar that it was more like eating glass than a tasty crust."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I found the food to be just 'ok' for the price. The presentation and the ambiance were really fun and the Mai Tai was incredibly yummy!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Very fun to visit this updated iconic restaurant. A good time for a small group of friends. Loved being by the open window (the weather was cooperating that night)."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed the beef & reef and the duck on the deck next to the rail in the warm evening. Great for people watching. The pineapple upside was very tasty. The food, wine, and service were very good. A good evening."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We ate there early (before the theater, at around 5) but didn't realize until later that we weren't offered the happy hour menu - and they make a big deal about having the best happy hour on their website. Food was OK, beer selection seemed a little limited, service was good but, given the number of choices in downtown Portland, we probably wont be back."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Brought the grandparents and other family members to Trader Vic's for a graduation/birthday dinner. Excellent menu options, fun drinks, and friendly wait staff. Very reasonable prices. Thank you for a great evening."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Sat outside at tables on the street as pedestrians walked by. Took waiter several minutes to come and take the drink order. Took another 20 minutes to bring back drinks even though the bar and the restaurant were not crowded. Finished drinks and moved inside to find out if another waiter (Jesse) was equally incompetent. Jesse turned out to be much more efficient and personable as was the hostess Samantha. The first waiter (Austin K) deserves a second mention: he appeared to be as poorly trained as they come. I watched him serve a couple in a similar fashion. Food and the unique drinks are still show stoppers. Would love to return for another meal but will wait until Trader Vic's puts together a sound and professional wait staff."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "there must have been some confusion last Saturday night, they seemed to have forgotten us at our table more than once, both managers came by, helped but still our waiter was barely around all evening long & it didn't seem super busy"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great place to enjoy a drink and/or dinner outside! Even though it is a chain restaurant it feels very local to Portland and the Pearl."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Service and atmosphere are very good. Food was good, just not outstanding. Prices are not too bad. The drinks are outstanding polynesian/Hawaiian speciality drinks. Go there for the fun, friendship and atmosphere, not for the gourmet cooking. Nobody in our party of 6 had a bad meal, but nobody raved about their food either."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We usually do not eat at chain restaurants buy Trader Vics actually has delicious food and drinks (minus the spare ribs) Everything else was delicious. The service does take FOREVER. The restaurant was not full and still too too long to get out meal our water refilled our check and our credit card back. But still would return as food was great and so were the drinks."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Over my 70+ years, I've visited several Trader Vic's restaurants: Seattle (Ben Franklin Hotel, closed), Chicago (Palmer House Hotel, closed), Chicago (located below a condo tower outside the Loop), Bellevue (closed), Vancouver, BC, and Portland. Seattle and Chicago (Palmer House) had the most atmosphere. Portland is unique in that the music and location are aimed at the younger crowd. Menu and drinks seem consistent between locations. We ate at the Portland Trader Vic's on a Thursday during Portland's Rose Festival. We should have allowed a half hour to find parking. Our reservation was honored, though we were late. There was much Rose Festival action nearby, with a street fair, "fleet week", a carnival, and street musicians. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Horsd'oeuvre were a huge disappointment; in years past Trader Vics was known for great drinks and Horsd'oeuvre. Not the case at this restuartant."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very noisy., especially area open to the street. Service was slow."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Arrived 20 min. Prior to reservation & was told they would not seat us until the exact time. Never asked for our name or where they could find us when our table was ready. Observed hostess seating other parties & had to approach hostess again to tell her where we were sitting in the bar. She finally seated us 10 minutes after our reservation. The happy hour drinks were great. Unfortunately the rest of the meal was down hill. They delivered 1appetizer short, a salad & 1 main entree. When questioned about our order they took it all back to the kitchen. 15 minutes later we got all our appetizers. Took forever for entrees to be served. Spent 2.5 hrs for an early dinner for 2, most of which was waiting for food that was not appetizing."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Our experiences at Trader Vic's have always been enjoyable and consistent. It was a little chilly and we asked our server if the large, open windows could be closed and he graciously agreed. Our server was attentive but he didn't seem very knowledgeable about the different menu items that contained soy......I have a soy allergy so it was very important to know this. But he did check with the kitchen about the specific foods we asked about so that was very helpful. Just seems that the servers should know the ingredients contents of each menu item. Other than that, we had an enjoyable time. We will return. The Mai Tais are outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This new reincarnation of "Trader Vic's" It was a miserable and disappointing experience. Nothing like the real Trader Vic's which were all around magic. Nothing of that experience remains at the PDX re-creation of a faded Trader Vic's - a commercialized version for tourists-suckers like us. Luckily there are many genuine places to dine in the PDX Pearl District. We found one, started our meal all over and had our evening saved. Victor Bergeron is spinning in his grave."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I remember this restaurant from my childhood. We lived near Washington DC and this was our family celebration restaurant. The food was exotic when I was a child. The taste is now middle of the road for me, maybe a little to much on the sweet side. My husband loved his Flat iron steak, the wasabi potatoes, disappointing more like St Paddy's day potatoes. The bokchoy was very nice as a side. The Peking duck was disappointing, better if they called it 5 spice duck. Peking Duck is a completely different bird. Our waiter was incredible, he helped keep our evening pleasant. Curiously this is the second time after making a reservation on open table that I have gotten the worst table in the house. Reservations used to be best table."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was our first time at Trader Vic's and we had a great time. We arrived a bit before our reservation time so we sat in the bar and had a drink before dinner. With the tropical drinks and tiki decor it's easy to forget you are in Portland while sitting in the bar area. The food and service were both very good. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "It's hard not to enjoy a well-prepared Mai tai on a hot evening in town.I've been going to Trader Vic's for years and the trademark cocktails are little-changed. I was disappointed by the shortcuts with key menu items. The dinner salads shrunk and my favorite slow-smoked pork chop is a shadow of it's former glory. Darn!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The bright spot: The food was pretty good. The Truth: The service was slow, poor or even non-existent. Truthfully, it was terrible.We had a 6:00 reservation. We got there shortly after 5. We ordered our drinks. Five minutes later, the bar waitress stops by again, without drinks. She asks us if we want an appetizer; we order calamari. Ten minutes later, the calamari arrives. No drinks. The calamari is consumed; still no drinks. Ask the waitress where our drinks are, she replies that they are just coming up(?). Later, a second round is ordered; this wait time was just as bad. Now we are seated at our table for dining. The dining service was just as bad. There are so many dining choices in Portland; why would I give this place another chance?"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Great was awesome. But my waiter was terrible, with an attitude problem."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Dined for a special occasion. This place is great! I will definitely return. (This not my first visit). Great food & service well-timed and friendly. Great exotic drink selection & wines. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "From the whipped peanut butter with coconut served with bland lavosh bread to the gray "medium rare" roast beef...a very bad meal. They offered to replace my meal of over done roast beef ( the Mother's Day special) - which I did - with chicken lettuce cups. They were tasteless. The only redeeming quality was the crisp butter lettuce. The atmosphere was very "tiki" - perhaps a bit overdone - and loud. The wait staff were very nice but had too many tables to allow for attentive service. The place is very, very difficult to maneuver for the handicap. My father - using a walker - had a tough time from door to table - a long distance when one cannot use the steps at the front of the restaurant. I will not return or recommend. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Vic's special-occasion brunches are great! Food matches many high dollar competitors but in a fun and relaxed environment. Great time. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We brought my mother in-law here for Mothers Day. They loved it. My father in-law is usually hard to please and he can't stop talking about the prime rib they served at brunch! I usually go for dinner and this was my first time having brunch which they only do so often. It's such a fun environment, especially for us in the NW. We can feel a little Hawaii in our grey covered skies."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went for Mother's Day brunch buffet. The food was good. Nice selection. The place was crowded and the waiters were very busy so the service was just OK. Lots of kids jacked up on soda, cakes and tortes and roaming freely, so it was umm... unquiet and lively. Overall the experience was pricey and we wouldn't do it again, but might go for a drink in the evening."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "a fun and lively place. good selection of brunch items"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We arrived 40 minutes before our reservation. There was no seating in the bar. They would not seat us early even though there were plenty of tables available. It is their policy. They were concerned about server availability. We said we do not care if we get service we just want to sit down. I have an injured hip and was forced to stand for 40 minutes for no logical reason except, it is the policy. This place needs new management"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food and drinks were fantastic. They had a huge list of fruity, "island" drinks that are to die for. The service was awesome and the waiter never let our drinks get down too low before asking if we wanted something else to drink or just a refill."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "To succeed as a Polynesian theme restaurant, Trader Vic's must have the ambience that takes you to another place in the world. Several times in the past, Trader Vic's in other parts of the world have tried to become mainstream, everyday fine restaurants, with good good, but not so good ambience - and failed. This new Trader Vic's in Portland, replacing the wonderful old Trader Vic's that was in The Benson, has succeeded. For a Trader Vic's fan of the old days, the only thing I would now ask for is to train up your wait staff and return the tableside preparation of a few flambe dinner dishes that you used to have - today's diners would really go for it, and it would add to the uniqueness of Trader Vic's."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food very much. Had two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts, and two drinks, total came down to $96 with change, not including the tip. I would dare to say it was worth the price.The staff was really nice and attentive. We even got two hot towels to write our hands off after enjoying wings and ribs as appetizers. I liked the decor. Table tops were super nice. The only compalint I had was the tables are set on one leg with a large round base. It is so large, in fact, it is impossible to move your chair close enough to the table. I ended up having to lean forward the entire time to reach my food, causing a bit of discomfort. I haven't checked out the bathrooms, but the restaurant appeared clean."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Trader Vics when it was at the Benson was one of THE places to go in the 60s and 70s, and it was nice to relive some very good memories. The decor is a fun theme. We took friends who had never been to the old Trader Vics and they loved it. Liked sitting inside, feeling like we were outside. The appetizers were our favorite part, so many choices and the five we chose were delicious, crab rangoon was my favorite. Had the seafood trio for the main course and it was good. Tried a few of the specialty drinks, and then we switched to beer. Our waiter, Grant , was excellent. He was friendly, attentive, and interested in what we thought of the new menu. Even the chef stopped by to talk about the new choices on the menu. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Rack of lamb, ordered rare, was excellent and not over cooked. Tasty dish. Beef tenderloin and shrimp, also very flavorful. Service was top-notch. Really enjoyed the evening. Friendly staff! "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Trader Vics multiple times and it never disappoints! Great food, great atmosphere, great servers, great everything. Our server went out of her way to help us with some food allergy issues by asking the chef if certain ingredients were present in some of the sauces. This led to an amazing dinner that we didn't have to be concerned about. Overall, this is a place we will go back to time and time again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We got there a bit early... The bar and restaurant were very busy, some kind of singles event. They could not seat us right away, which gave us an opportunity to try the bar! Despite being very busy, bartenders were very fast and nice, both of us liked our drinks and appreciated the live Hawaiian music. When it came time for our reservation, they seated us promptly at a very nice table. Waiter was there with tasty nutty crackers, explained the specials, and allowed us to settle in. Appetizer was delicious chicken lettuce wraps and spicey 1944 Mai Tai. We ordered steak filet and volcano shrimp- outstanding! Nice portions! For dessert, the crème brûlée was bland, pretty disappointing as I expect dessert to be the meal's coup de grâce."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • ""really like trader vics, the atmosphere is is a get away to the islands. " Food is very tasty, we had the salmon which is cooked in the smoke oven and the duck. Hmmm I would not order that again a little tuff. I have also had the lamb which was delious. Mai Tai are awesome as i would hope since Trader Vics was the original. Plus they have expanded on the traditional with a twist which are great too. We will go again"
    Dined on 4/4/2014